Maryann Hartman High School Essay Scholarship Contest

Maryann Hartman High School Essay Scholarship Contest

2019 Winner is Neily Raymond of Hermon High School

Information about the 2020 contest will be updated here when available.

The inaugural Maryann Hartman Scholarship Essay Contest provides an opportunity for Maine high school students in grades 10 through 12 to recognize an influential Maine feminist with a personal essay developed in response to this prompt:

What Maine feminist has inspired you?

One winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to the University of Maine, (Orono). The student will also be invited to attend the annual Maryann Hartman Awards Ceremony where they will have the opportunity to read their entry to attendees during the ceremony.

Who was Maryann Hartman?

Dr. Maryann Hartman joined the University of Maine faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor and director of the forensics department. She was an inspiration to all women, working as a teacher, scholar, advocate, feminist, friend, and mother. The Maryann Hartman Awards recognize women who are inspirational community members specifically endorsing the areas of art, politics, business, education, and community service.

Eligibility Requirements and Essay Format

  • All entries must be from a current Maine resident at the high school sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Submissions must be the student’s original, unpublished work, unique to the essay prompt, and not developed for other applications.
  • Essays must be 500-750 words total, written in the English language, and must relate directly to the prompt.
  • One entry per student is allowed.
  • All essays must be uploaded using the form here (that will be opened when the 2020 contest begins)


  • The scholarship essay deadline is TBD for 2020 . Submissions received after this date will not be reviewed.

Scholarship Essay Selection Process

All entries will be evaluated by a committee of University of Maine Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors.

Submissions will be rated using these selection criteria:

  • Addressing the Prompt: Does the essay effectively address the prompt?
  • Focus: Is there a clearly stated and logically supported message?
  • Voice/Originality: Is the essay original and exciting? Does it reflect the unique perspective of the author?
  • Evidence of Personal Reflection: Is there a concise statement supporting the authors’ choice, and does the essay include personal reflections on the nature and impact of the subject’s work?

Please contact Amy Coleman for further questions or concerns at